Enzi asks GAO to investigate spending on fed agency self-promotion
At the request of U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., the Government Accountability Office (GAO) will investigate just how much money and resources federal agencies dedicate to image advertising and other public relations activities.
Enzi, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, cited the increasing pressures on limited federal resources combined with the need for fiscal oversight on spending by the federal government on public relations activities.
Enzi issued this GAO request four months after sending a similar request for information on federal public relations activities to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which remains unfulfilled.
According to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), oversight of agency spending on advertising, public relations and media relations is largely unknown. CRS was able to estimate that during Fiscal Year 2013 alone, almost a billion dollars was spent on advertising and public relations services contracts. The CRS study did not, however, attempt to quantify in-house agency spending, which GAO has been asked to address.
Chairman Enzi’s full letter can be viewed here.
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